By Justin Sink (Bloomberg)
In the opening days of his presidency, Donald Trump has leaned heavily on what he believes is his strongest skill, and the secret to his success in both business and politics: negotiation.
People come in, he offers them a deal — and an “or else.”
He told the CEOs of major manufacturers they can look forward to lower taxes on products made in America. But if they move operations abroad, they?ll be slapped with a 35 percent border tax. He summoned U.S. automakers to make the same proposal, and dangled easier pollution rules as a sweetener. He offered to revive the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, with a catch: the pipes have to be made with U.S. steel.